Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

NOV 2018

LC/DBM provides landscape contractors with Educational, Imaginative and Practical information about their business, their employees, their machines and their projects.

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26 LC DBM Prange. "Even though it may look nice to have that specimen tree, water feature, or garden sculpture lit up at night, you should always make sure that the path - ways and steps are first and foremost ad- equately lit." Pool lighting is different because not only do you have to ensure that the pool deck is amply lit, it is also important to guarantee that under the water's surface is illuminated as well. Within the 2018 April issue of Landscape Contractor magazine is an in depth article outlining best practices for safely installing aquatic lighting. However, that feature fails to examine the philosophy behind why one should install lights in and around a pool specifically for safety purposes. For standard rectangular pools, under - water lighting should not be too much of a problem to negotiate. One very im - portant aspect that should be considered when installing underwater pool lights is that every depth level of the pool should be clearly visible from all angles. This means that the deep end is equally as lit as the shallow end. Of course complica - tions arise when the pool is irregularly shaped. However, the same idea applies; all areas need to be properly illuminated regardless of depth. Properly installing lights around the pool deck is also imperative. Keeping in mind that light will reflect more off of a wet pool deck, the fixtures should be placed so that they minimize glare. The way to do this, according to Hunter Booth, is to place fixtures in high loca - tions that cast light downward. Driveways are the final important area I would like to discuss. Making sure that they are appropriately lit will reduce the likely hood of crashing into anything in the vicinity. has a helpful page containing nine tips for lighting up a driveway. The first suggestion provided is to define the borders of the driveway. This helps guide guests towards a proper parking area and steers them away from landscaped areas. LC DBM Right This project features a renovated lakehouse that has a two story deck. Accent light- ing highlights the trees while downlighting illuminates the numerous paths and staircase. Kyle Adamson, owner and outdoor lighting designer with Red Oak Outdoor Lighting from Lexington, KY, did the design, while, Cutting Edge Landscape, owned by Andy Stachon, were the landscape contractors. Left If there was any quan- dary regarding the use of lights as an element of safety, then this photo should abolish that dilemma. A small dusting of snow on this Marylander pier would be unfathom- ably more dangerous if there were no lights. Dave Under- wood, owner of Chesapeake Irrigation and Lighting of Millersville, MD., installed the lights; 2-watt LEDs were mounted on the pilings while the boathouse itself was lit with 10-watt LEDs.

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